Coronavirus Response: Resources for State and Local Policy Advocates and Researchers

General Resources / State Response

Getting Washington through COVID-19 Requires Big Changes
John Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute

State Government Must Do More to Protect Our Economy from the Virus
John Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute

The coronavirus pandemic requires state and local policymakers to act, in addition to demanding a strong federal response
David Cooper and Jaimie Worker, EARN/Economic Policy Institute

Southern state policymakers must do more to respond to the coronavirus pandemic: Medicaid expansion, emergency paid sick leave, and dedicated public health resources are especially needed
Hunter Blair and Jaimie Worker, EARN/Economic Policy Institute

We Must Boost New York’s Fighting Chance
Jonas Shaende,  Fiscal Policy Institute

Column: We are all in this together to deal with coronavirus pandemic
Hannah Halbert, Policy Matters Ohio

State Economic Policies for COVID-19
Dave Wells, Grand Canyon Institute

Lawmakers mush continue to support people’s economic security during this public health crisis
Washington Budget and Policy Center

DC Officials Are Moving Swiftly to Protect Residents and Local Economy, but More Steps are Needed
Tazra Mitchell, DC Fiscal Policy Institute

Coronavirus Response: Resources for State Legislators
State Innovation Exchange

Untapped Potential: Public Health Department Authority to Address the Fallout from the Pandemic, Structural Racism, and Other Public Health Crises
Local Solutions Support Center

State and Local Authority and a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: A Fact Sheet for Advocates and Local Public Officials
Local Solutions Support Center

Federal Response

The coronavirus economic policy response must include relief and redistribution now and major demand stimulus once the crisis passes

The CARES Act’s aid to state and local governments isn’t enough to shield vital public services from the coronavirus shock
Hunter Blair, Economic Policy Institute

The coronavirus fiscal response should be as big as needed—but current forecasts indicate at least $2.1 trillion is needed through 2020
Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute

Senate coronavirus bill is crucial—but it’s a fraction of what’s needed
Heidi Shierholz and Elise Gould, Economic Policy Institute

Letter to Congress to ‘stanch economic bleeding’ in COVID-19 legislative package
Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Economic Policy Institute, Center for American Progress, and the Roosevelt Institute

Checks to All vs. Trump’s Payroll Tax Cut
Steve Wamhoff, ITEP

Taxes in a Time of Coronavirus
Amy Hanauer, ITEP

Economic Impact

Nearly 20 million workers will likely be laid off or furloughed by July: Updated state numbers project further job losses due to the coronavirus
David Cooper and Julia Wolfe, EARN/Economic Policy Institute

Every state in the country reported its highest initial unemployment claims ever either last week or the week before
David Cooper and Julia Wolfe, EARN/Economic Policy Institute

Unemployment and Disaster Insurance

Understanding the unemployment provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Fact Sheet)
Maurice Emsellem and Michele Evermore, National Employment Law Project

Unemployment Insurance Protections in Response to COVID-19: State Developments
National Employment Law Project

Coronavirus and Unemployment Insurance: Options for Policymakers to Mitigate Job Loss
Michele Evermore, National Employment Law Project

Coronavirus Bill a First Step to Badly Needed Fixes to Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Andrew Stettner, The Century Foundation

Rebooting Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Steps for State and Federal Policymakers
National Employment Law Project

Kentucky Response to COVID-19: Protect State Economy Through Improved Unemployment Insurance
Dustin Pugel, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy

Independent Contractors and COVID-19: Working without protections
Rebecca Smith, National Employment Law Project

Guidance for states on implementing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
U.S. Department of Labor

Pre-COVID-19 Summary of Significant Provisions of State Unemployment Insurance Laws
U.S. Department of Labor

Work sharing

Lessons Learned: Maximizing the Potential of Work-Sharing in the United States
George Wentworth, Claire McKenna, Lynn Minick, National Employment Law Project

Can Work Sharing Bring the US Workplace into the 20th Century?
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research

Outreach campaigns boost awareness of work-sharing program
Christopher O’Leary and Susan Houseman, Upjohn Institute

States with Work Share Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures

Employer Views about the Short-Time Compensation Program: A Survey and Analysis in Four States
Balducchi et al., 2015, report commissioned by U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration

Supporting Child Care and Early Education

Policymaking Principles for Supporting Child Care and Early Education Through the Coronavirus Crisis
Hannah Matthews, Katherine Gallagher Robbins, CLASP

Paid Sick Leave

Paid Leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: How Child Care Providers Are Being Left Behind
Jenna Gallagher, Julie Vogtman, Catherine White, National Women’s Law Center

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Implications for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Coronavirus Federal Legislation that Aids Workers
Family Values at Work

Paid Sick Time During a Public Health Emergency: Key Policy Elements to Include in an Emergency Paid Sick Time Bill
A Better Balance

Paid Sick Days Improve Public Health
National Partnership for Women & Families

Coronavirus Highlights Public Health Policy Issues
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

Worker Safety

Worker Safety & Health During COVID-19 Pandemic: Rights & Resources
Debbie Berkowitz, NELP

One Thing We Can Do to Protect Frontline Workers
David Michaels, Politico Op-ed